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Council Appoints New Director Of Corporate Services

Friday February 22 2013

BARNSLEY Council has appointed Matthew Gladstone as its new Executive Director of Corporate Services.

Mr Gladstone will lead the core corporate functions of the council in the newly-created Corporate Services Directorate.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, said, “We are delighted that Matt has accepted the new role. He brings with him a wealth of experience gained in a very challenging environment. He will be an asset to the council and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

Mr Gladstone said: “I am delighted with my appointment. I was really impressed with the ambition and calibre of everyone I met in Barnsley. This is a challenging and exciting time and I believe I can help to make a difference for the people of Barnsley.” 

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Reply Posted by John on Friday February 22 2013 at 12:35
Hope mr Gladstone can provide common sense and stop ratepayer money going on non essential projects like fountains at side of town hall

Reply Posted by mary jolly on Friday February 22 2013 at 14:18
Here here we dont need cosmetic stuff use the money wisely LIKE the roads we pay road tax so we should have good roads.

Reply Posted by Jane on Sunday February 24 2013 at 09:19
My feelings go to the staff of bmbc who have been given their 90 day notice. They must feel angry and sad that local government can employ another high earner while they will be wandering if they have a job.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday February 24 2013 at 22:32
Well done Barnsley MBC, still inventing more ways to squander tax payers money.

Reply Posted by mick on Monday February 25 2013 at 18:14
Lets hope Mr Gladestone can invent some well paid jobs So all Barnsley folk can work

Reply Posted by stevo on Monday February 25 2013 at 19:51
There are NO well paid jobs in Barnsley unless you work for the upper tiers of the Council.
The only jobs out there are either Minimum Wage,Part Time or Carer jobs.

Reply Posted by Charles on Monday February 25 2013 at 23:17
People praised the last Labour government when they introduced the minimum wage. How foolish they were to believe that such a measure would be to the benefit of the working man. Quite simply in many areas of society the minimum wage is now the benchmark for millions of jobs. Labour, acting in the interest of the working man.....you must be joking.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday February 26 2013 at 16:31
Absolutely spot on Charles!

The main beneficiaries of the MW were cleaners,carers and security guards which some consider to be poor jobs.

I was made redundant a few years ago and 90% of the jobs i looked at were MW,not that i am "above" working for the MW,far from it.

Employers know that they can get away with just paying the MW as you rightly say that it is now the benchmark.

Classic example - ASOS - Massive company moves its main distribution centre from Hertfordshire to Barnsley most of which jobs are "casual" a day here a day there via an employment agency which nearly always pay the MW.
If the employee is then "set on" by ASOS then the wages are not much more above the MW.
They didnt move for the goodness of their hearts did they?
Good news to have more jobs in the area,but NOT good jobs salary wise.
PLUS ASOS know that if they dont get local people interested in taking up positions with them there are HOARDES on migrants that will work all day every day for the MW!

I personally think the MW should "start" at £8-£9.50 an hour,with the £9.50 being more of a "living" wage at £19.7k P.A.

Labour have moved away from their socialist origins and are now a version of Tory Lite and that is why i will never vote for them again.
Look at their last time in office,MILLIONS of immigrants let in without thought of the british people,distasterous finance policies causing a major recession the likes of which we havent seen since the mid 80's,Failure to get a grip on the EU,cosying up to big business to line their own pockets,Failure to get a grip on the banks, need i go on?

AND from a personal point of view,they fielded a candidate for MP of Barnsley Central (RT Hon Dan Jarvis MP) from OUTSIDE THE AREA!
AND lets be brutally honest here,they could field a monkey in an astronauts suit for Labour and they would STILL be elected as a Labour representative for Barnsley!
Until they go back to grass roots and help the people that they were originally set up for,THE AVERAGE WORKING MAN then they can stick my vote as far as the sun dont shine.

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday February 28 2013 at 13:14
Well said Stevo. I couldn't have put it better myself!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Thursday February 28 2013 at 14:15
I wonder if there will be a point where the executive management tier at BMBC look around and realise that they are the only people left working for the council.

Barnsley council is so top heavy at the moment its a wonder it doesn't tip over. I'd love to know what the wage bill is per year for the Executive level upwards.

There is no indication of where he has come from previously or what he is actually supposed to do. I have no idea what a corporate services person does??

Reply Posted by Grim reaper on Friday March 1 2013 at 14:58
Not bad comments Stevo. @Guesty you are so right.

The council ask what people want and then ignore the comments. We dont need any more high paid eejits, we want better pay for existing low and middle paid workers and their pensions to be left alone.

We dont want greenbelt land built on and we dont want crappy businesses coming here and offering minimum wage.

Reply Posted by Amazed.... on Thursday March 28 2013 at 09:15
£110,000 per year for Mr Gladstone - I am certain he is very happy to be working for Barnsley Council. Multiply that by a factor of about 10 and you have your salary for your executive management team at BMBC.
Now, I'm not saying he won't be worth £110,000 per year, but in my business I would ned to generate £500,000 of real value and income to justify that salary (forget the car, pension, medical etc etc). Can we expect the Council to report on exactly where and how the performance of these Execs, who earn London City salaries, will be measured?
Surely there are local people who would have done his job for less? Did the Council try to find them?

Reply Posted by timmy on Tuesday October 22 2013 at 20:48
Once again BMBC Blow huge amounts of cash when 600 frontline workers are facing no job well done councllior miller an team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!